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1 Day Trip – Kentucky


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Family Hike Scenery

If you have one day in Kentucky, make sure to spend time at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, where the South made its last major attempt to gain possession of Kentucky.

Before you go:

 Time: 7 hours  Sites: 4
 Radius: 18 miles

1. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

  • Start at the Perryville Visitor Center. Explore the on-site museum.
  • Take a self-guided walking tour.

2. Camp Nelson

  • Start at the Perryville Visitor Center. Explore the on-site museum.
  • Take a self-guided walking tour.

3. Mary Todd Lincoln House

  • Tour the house where Mary Todd Lincoln lived in as a teenager, and examine personal artifacts owned by the Lincolns.

4. Lexington Cemetery

  • Explore the grounds.

3 Day Tour

3 Day Trip – Kentucky 


 Time: 3 days  Sites: 7
 Radius: 96 miles

1.   Richmond Battlefield Park
2.   Camp Nelson
3.   Mary Todd Lincoln House
4.   Lexington Cemetery
5.   Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
6.   Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Park
7.   Mill Springs Battlefield

Richmond

1. Richmond Battlefield Park

Family Hike Scenery

The Battle of Richmond was part of the important 1862 Perryville Campaign. Richmond was the site of one of the Confederacy's greatest victories.

Time: 1.5 hours

Before you go:

What to do:

  • Start at the Battle of Richmond Visitor Center.
  • Explore the exhibits.

Camp Nelson

2. Camp Nelson

Camp Nelson was a major Union supply depot for the armies of the Ohio and Cumberland. It was also the third largest recruiting base for African-American soldiers in the United States, with more than ten thousand black soldiers recruited there.

Time: 1.5 hours

What to do:

  • Explore the visitor center and museum.
  • Tour the 3 mile interpretive trail that goes through the depot section and northern line of fortifications.

Lincoln House

3. Mary Todd Lincoln House

First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln resided in this fashionable brick residence between the ages of thirteen and twenty-one, and Abraham Lincoln was a guest here following their marriage.

Time: 1 hour

What to do:

  • Tour the house and examine personal artifacts from the Lincolns.

Lexington Cemetery

4. Lexington Cemetery

Although the Civil War brought division among families and within families, the Lexington Cemetery Company maintained a position of neutrality. In addition to private family lots, the trustees provided a general "Soldier's Ground" for the burial of Union dead and a corresponding Confederate lot for the burial of Southern dead.

Time: 1 hour

What to do:

  • Explore the grounds.

Perryville

5. Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

Kentucky's greatest Civil War battle took place outside Perryville on October 8, 1862. It was the South's last serious attempt to gain possession of the state.

Time: 1.5 hours

Before you go:

What to do:

  • Start at the Perryville Visitor Center.
  • Explore the on-site museum.
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of the battlefield.


Lincoln's Birthplace

6. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

Established as a National Park in 1916, Abraham Lincoln National Historic Site preserves the early years of Lincoln's life with the enshrinement of a "symbolic" cabin in a neo-classic Memorial Building on the site where he was born.

Time: 1 hour

Before you go:

What to do:

  • Explore the visitor center and exhibit hall.
  • Take a self-guided tour of the farm.

Mill Springs

7. Mill Springs Battlefield

The Battle of Mill Springs was fought on January 19, 1862, in rural Pulaski County, Kentucky. It was the first significant victory for the Union in the Civil War.

Time: 1 hour

Before you go:

What to do:

  • Explore the visitor center and museum.
  • Take a battlefield driving tour.




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